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Author Raymond Gaynor

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I very much look forward to reading both your books when they come out, Helen. You're an outstanding author and have several successful publications in addition to CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED. I hear your work on Eva Peron is doing particularly well, right?
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I believe it is, Ray. Evita : My Argentina tells the story of Eva Peron, the second wife of Argentine leader Juan Peron. Begig in her life in poverty, Evita tells her own story from her troubled childhood in rural Argentina to her rise as an actress in Buenos Aires. Upon meeting rising political star Juan Domingo Peron, Eva places herself by his side to become one of the most powerful women in Latin American history.
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Not technically, Helen; however, with the current content edit it should be almost ready to move from editing to polishing. 

Savant/Aignos have come a long way from "good reads" to explorations of the soul. I'm reminded of a young writer who, at a local conference, decried that everything of enduring literary value had already been written about. I'm glad to see that's not so with our publishing house and our uniquely talented stable of authors. 

Savant/Aignos is always looking for new and established writers/authors with works that are of enduring literary value and that, in their reading, transform a reader's world view. I can't imagine a world where curiosity and innovative thought no longer exist. And, frankly, I don't want to. 
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Ok Dan, but I thought we needed an illustrator for TRUTH and Tell?

And I agree with you. I can't imagine lacking vision like that young writer.
Author Raymond Gaynor

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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor- Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt contains Graphic Content):

"Mr. Hempsted. It's Agent Falk," he said working his way through the door and cautiously around to the front of the chair. "I visited you earlier, and was wondering if we might…" 

Aaron Hempsted was sitting, head erect, rheumy bloodshot eyes fixed open, staring at Falk, his mouth limply agape, his unshaven face even whiter than before. A bloodless hand gripped each of the threadbare chair arms, making it appear as if he were pushing himself back into the seat. A small rivulet of dark, coagulated blood had worked its way alongside his nose and down one cheek from a small, round entry hole in the middle of his forehead. The man's shocked expression was accentuated by a halo of dark red blood splattered behind the man's resting head onto a white embroidered doily draped over the back of the easy chair. 

Falk squatted, raising his weapon and holding it with both hands as he swept the room…

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Multi-award winning author A. G. Hayes studied television writing at UCLA and has published short fiction, "Cover up" - "Not a Penny Pincher” - "Home" - "Payment in Full" - "Small Wonder" - Fate Magazine-"Guided Through a Mine Field" and other scripts to CBS TV and other television productions. He lives in Northern California, and spends his time writing and traveling to nearly every part of the world. He has used personal experiences gained during service with the British intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to enrich the characters of his protagonist teams. "Quantum Death is a deeply human story beyond up-to-date that pushes the edge of the envelope," says Hayes. "Despite being parted, their relationship never stops developing and the story never loses the quintessential Koski and Falk." 

Raymond Gaynor is the pen-name of a multi-award-winning, reclusive writer-artist-photographer-videographer, who, in his own words, "lives and breathes" San Francisco. He is co-author with William Maltese on the Tripler and Clarke gay political thriller, TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) and is the author of numerous fiction and non-fiction works published under a number of pseudonyms. "When co-authoring a work, it's always first in my mind to preserve the first author's style and voice, which I believe readers will find well accomplished," says Gaynor. "A close second is to add significantly to the work, which was incredibly easy and fun when working with A. G. Hayes. I think this is reflected in the adventure's compelling yet clean, easy read. Love Koski and Falk. Who couldn't?"

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Suggested Retail Price $16.95

AMSTERDAM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT QUANTUM DEATH:

4/5 Stars: "Quantum Death left me on the edge of my seat beginning to end" - Karen (Amazon Review)

4/5 Stars: "for those who like intrigue, action, and mystery, yet are really more interested in the why did the event happen or what are the mechanics behind it" - Pandora (Amazon Review)

3/5 Stars: "provide a very unique premise in a genre that, these days, is hard-pressed to come up with anything original" - William Maltese (Amazon Review)

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at 

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Award-winning co-author of
   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
Author website at http://garymartine.yolasite.com/raymondgaynor.php

drjanik

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THE TURTLE DANCES by Daniel S. Janik- Excerpt #2 (Family Rated) 

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"Chapter 3 - Home

Isla was a natural surfer, having not just one, but two permanent surfboards—one above and another below her body. The top board was a shiny green and brown that, from above, made her look like an ocean rock, hiding her from the preying eyes of ravenous seabirds and killer whales. Her lower board, viewed from below, was a creamy sunshine white. Against a bright ocean sky, it made her near-invisible to any sharks or killer whales swimming below... Suddenly she felt the water surge beneath her, and settled inside the crest of the wave, steadying herself using her four flippers and tail for balance and position. Riding the wave, she lifted her head out of the water and smiled with pride. "

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What are the reviewer’s and book festivals saying? 

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS BOOK FESTIVAL AWARD

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Mulit-award-winning author and USA Dancesport Competitor Daniel S. Janik is a former resident of Alaska currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, with his wife and competition dance partner, Setsuko Tsuchiya. Together they welcome the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles to Hawaii throughout the year.

"I've long been fascinated by children's reactions to sea turtles—they seem to instinctively identify with them, viewing them without fear, even wading in and swimming bravely alongside them...This book came to me imagining what a sea turtle might think of the fearless, curious, shell-less, upright land-dwellers wading among them. Mightn't a particularly observant and fanciful turtle take things a step further if she clambered onto a beach and happened to see two humans dancing?" says Dan. "Naturalists at heart, the illustrator and I endeavored to keep the appearance and life history of our heroine, Isla, and her turtle-friend, Surf, reasonably true to life."

THE TURTLE DANCES
by Daniel S. Janik/Illustrated by Ruth Janik
80 pp.  8.25" x 6" Softcover Tradebook
28 B&W "Color-Me-Please" Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9886640-1-2

Suggested Retail Price $12.95

Sincerely,
Daniel S. Janik
Multi-Award Winning Author of
     THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/0988664011 in softcover, Kindle and Audible Audiobook format
    A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) - Available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/1442105062 in softcover and Kindle format

Author website at http://janik.yolasite.com

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CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED by Helen R. Davis - Excerpt #2 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

 

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"Cleopatra Elder particularly enjoyed sitting with her youngest daughter, reading aloud the stories and history of ancient Egypt in Egyptian from scrolls taken from the famous Library of Alexandria to the wide-eyed youth. She read to her in Greek about the country they ruled, and about glories of Greece, especially Macedonia where the Ptolemaic Dynasty had originated, and in Latin of contentious Rome, the newest empire and Egypt's current principal debt-holder. From earliest age, Cleopatra VII Philopater also heard of her personal protector, the Goddess Isis. When the Queen Mother tired, she would have her teenage maid, Charmion, a beautiful, ebony-colored Nubian slave who would later become Queen Cleopatra VII's personal maid and cosmetic advisor, recite hymns and sing praises in Egyptian to Isis. The first day she saw the young princess, Charmion fashioned an image of Isis made of soft cloth and dressed Egyptian-style in a linen sheath dress, along with a baby that attached to Isis' arm, meant to represent the both the Goddess' mythical son, Horus, and, at the same time, her newest daughter, Cleopatra Younger."

 

What reviewers and book festivals are saying: (pending)

 

Based on the PACIFIC RIM BOOK FESTIVAL AWARDED manuscript

 

Helen Davis has a long interest in history, religion, politics, and all nations. She has studied the ancient world through the gift of books since a very young age, her passion for this era kindled long ago. She has also researched and studied many other times and eras and has a passion for strong women who have governed nations from the past to the present.

 

"Cleopatra's story has been sensationalized to the point where she is has become as much legend and myth as history," says Davis. "In writing this story about what our world might have been like had she and Mark Antony won the dreadful Battle at Actium, it is my hope that readers will begin to appreciate her genius and ultimate impact on the world. The novel begins with a largely historical account of her life, and ends with her, unconquered, after the decisive Battle at Actium. The story is one about triumphing over insurmountable obstacles. It is my sincere hope that this first book in my Cleopatra serieswill be a fun and enlightening read—one that readers won't want to put down."

 

CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (2015)

by Helen R. Davis

330 pp - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book

ISBN 978-0-9963255-2-3

 

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII at

http://www.savantbooksandpublications.com

 

Also available from Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine bookstores everywhere.

 

Helen R. Davis

Award-winning Author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED (Savant 2015)

Author website at http://helendavisbooks.org/en/

Setsuko Tsuchiya

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Aloha Everyone -- This is Setsuko Tsuchiya, author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017). 

I've been following the intriguing discussion about the nature of the soul, human and otherwise. The concept of the soul is central to the idea of somatic therapy, that is, therapy for the mind (and there assumedly the soul) through body therapy rather than talk. So, key to a definition of the soul, is the question of whether the mind, through the body, can effect the soul. Does what one thinks about affect his or her immortal soul? And what is the soul, anyway? Is it another part of the psyche or is it a process that leads one into this world and later out of it? And, if so, what exactly does it lead? 
Author Raymond Gaynor

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Hey, Setsuko. Oooooo! I love your style and thinking. You're right on the same page as me, wondering if Multiverse Theory can give us some insight into the soul and what it does, it's purpose if you will (by purpose I don't mean divinely assigned purpose, but evolutionarily-acquired purpose). Bringing up another interesting existential question: Can an immortal soul evolve? I think it not only can, I think it is always doing exactly that: Co-evolving with humanity as well as will all lifeforms. Gorillas, elephants, dolphins even dogs appear to be evolving physically and mentally, so why not spiritually as well?
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Speaking of existential matters, this "I"m not a robot" thing is getting pretty irritating. Is anyone else subject to this and how can one remove it?
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It seems to me that each of us already inhabit a sort of multi-verse whenever we fall asleep and dream. Also,  think of how easily our awareness of this universe is effected by the epigenetic inputs we feed our brains and thus our DNA. It seems we all in a "matrix" but it is one we partially design for ourselves. What is a soul, good question, and one science is not able to answer with biologists stuck in a material world mindset. Let's think of our individual consciousness that allows to experience the universe. I have literally heard a very famous scientist and atheist say that consciousness is an illusion and has no biological function but then goes on to tell everyone that his reality is the only true one. I am always amazed at how rigid some atheists are about their worldview. I call them secular puritans. Oops, I will get off my own soapbox now.

Now, off to convince the AI that I am real.
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I agree with Raymond, Setsuko. You're one deep thinker, and the questions you two are asking are exactly what make Savant/Aignos authors so powerful. If we lose creativity, discovery and wonder, or just the compulsion to experience them, there's little left for us as a species and it would be time for a new top predator to emerge. 

Helen, let's discuss the illustrator issue later after this chat, okay?  We've many options and they deserve more discussion than we can contribute in a literary chat. By the way, does the soul have any place in your works?
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QUANTUM DEATH by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor - Excerpt #3 (This Excerpt is Family Rated):

As the plane began to descend from cruising altitude on approach to Honolulu, its sole occupant listened, aghast at what was being reported by the Russian military scientists through the Russian interpreter. There would be a flurry of Russian, only a little of which she could understand, then a crusty pause followed by the slow, almost mechanical voice of the military linguistic interpreter. 

"Maybe ten years ago…yes, ten years…the Russian military…tasked a secret…'think tank' I think you would call it…to theorize a weapon that could…destroy a nation's infrastructure…without harming it's basic resources, including its people. Over."

"A 'weapon'? Over." she asked of the disembodied voice on the other end of the crackling but secure line.

"I'm sorry. Exact translation is difficult. Perhaps 'a solution' or 'an approach'…the idea was to theorize a weapon or solution or approach…that could take the place of nuclear weapons. Mutually Assured Destruction—MAD—was never a solution acceptable to our military leaders. Over." 

"And they came up with…?" she probed. 

"They came up with…the kvantovaya mashina smerti…the 'Quantum Death Machine'…which our researchers here believe is…being deployed against the United States of America."

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 About this Book:

It was an honor and privilege to be asked to join with A. G. Hayes in the continued creation of protagonist Koski and Falk's world of international intrigue. In this fifth in the Koski and Falk series, the two face both a political and technological conundrum of global proportion, which threatens the very foundations of democracy, free trade and capitalism. In QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016), Koski and Falk must pursue separate assignments to find the kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, the pursuit of which seems destined to end in certain death, all while holding desperately onto to their budding feelings for each other. 

In the process, meet Thomas Steward, their handler and ostensible leader of the ultra- secret Cerebrus organization, as he returns to the field in a last swan song. And Kate Keenan, an old flame of Falk's, willing to fight Koski for his love and affection. And Alexei Korov, the affable captain of the Russian Yassin-class fast-attack submarine Severodvinsk, who finds himself center-stage in what might very well be the next and final nuclear war, as well as a host of other larger-as-life characters from what ultimately proves to be Koski and Falk's past, present and future. 

About the Authors:

A. G. Hayes

I was searching for a Koski and Falk adventure in-between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016), while blue-sky chatting with Raymond Gaynor, author of the Tripler and Clark series politico-techno-thriller TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013), suddenly, in a synchronous "ah-ha" moment, we came up with the plot for QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). 

The work emerged in its entirety over the next couple months, with Koski and Falk naturally assuming positions as key protagonists, and my new protagonist, Kate Keenan of FINDING KATE fame in an unusual half-antagonist/half-protagonist role. In QUANTUM DEATH the duo becomes a trio, at the least in the sense of a tense romantic triangle and at the worst a doomed ménage à trois, the outcome of which will ultimately determine the course of Koski and Falk's growing relationship. 

The work surrounds the existence of the enigmatic and elusive kvantovaya mashina smerti, or Quantum Death Machine, an imaginary device based on research Raymond and I did surrounding M-Superstring Theory and Quantum Science. 

QUANTUM DEATH is a perfect segue into FINDING KATE, which is actually a prequel to QUANTUM DEATH. Love those relationships, don't you?

Raymond Gaynor

It's difficult to point a finger at whose idea both the plot and romance twists were in QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016). It seemed like they came about simultaneously and serendipitously for both A. G. Hayes and myself during a series of phone chats about a new Koski and Falk adventure between THE CHEMICAL FACTOR (Savant 2015) and FINDING KATE (Savant, 2016). I had the pleasure of experiencing something like this when William Maltese and I came up with TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2013). With William Maltese, it was a directed synergy; with A. G. it was as if the characters spoke to us and told us each what to write. Spiritual, some might call it. 

One of the advantages of being a published author is meeting others, especially those destined for greatness like A. G. Hayes and William Maltese. Writing with them is a thrill I'll never forget. It's one of those life-defining moments. Since QUANTUM DEATH, A. G. and I have continued our lively phone chats. Who knows what other adventures may pop up? In the end, I can only say that it is the authoring journey that defines one, and, if some suitable stories appear along the way, all the better. 

But now it's time to stop talking about QUANTUM DEATH and commend it to you for your reading. I think you'll find within its pages and its twisty plot all the makings of a can't-put-it-down "good read."

QUANTUM DEATH (2016)
by A. G. Hayes with Raymond Gaynor
344 pp. - 5.25" x 8" Softcover Pocket Book
ISBN 978-0-9963255-3-0

Available directly from the publisher/printer with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII from the publisher at

https://mkt.com/savant-books-and-publications/item/quantum-death

Also available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Savant Bookstore Honolulu, and fine online and "brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere.

Raymond Gaynor
Co-Author of
   QUANTUM DEATH (Savant 2016) by A. G. Hayes
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/0996325530
    TOTAL MELTDOWN (Borgo/Wildside 2011) by William Maltese
       https://www.amazon.com/dp/1434403556 

Under the Pseudonym Gary Martine, Award-winning Author of 
    KINGSLEY & I (MLR Press, out of print)
    KINGSLEY & I TOGETHER (MLR Press, out of print)
    KINGSLEY AND I RELOADED (Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012)
        Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1470015544
        Barnes and Noble at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kingsley-i-reloaded-gary-martine/1113789460?ean=9781470015541

 

MikeDavis1953

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The main problem with the multiverse concept is how can you ever test it? How does one jump between these verses?
Pardon the poetry pun. Some sci-fi writers, including Heinlein thought that new universe arose only when someone wrote a powerful story and then they became real. 

Evolution is what everyone with a soul does as we are constantly changing. The new science of epigenetics indicates that everything we experience changes us. Yet my take on current evolutionists is that they continue to bring out the idea that  1000 bad genetic mutations to 1 good one somehow drives evolution. It also fails to account how humans and many other animals change their behavior once they can communicate to each other and across time. Example, Adolf Eichmann, was not born with a gene to build gas chambers, instead the ideas of Hitler and other anti-semites, activated his creativity into one of the most evil people of all time.

On the other hand, Gandhi's study of the world's religions allowed him to come up a non-violent way to defeat a military adversary. i don't think he had a "non-violent" gene.

 No, I don't know how to outsmart the AI.

Setsuko Tsuchiya

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I'm intrigued by the potential definition of the soul that might come out of Multiverse Theory, Raymond, but I wonder if that theory will end up providing more of a justification rather than actual definition. More interesting, I wonder if we could grasp the definition and work of the soul, where that might lead us. 

A. G. Hayes' idea in 68 VIA CONDOTTI: ETERNITY LTD (Savant in preparation) touches, I think, on this when he questions the relationship of AIs, both of this world and others. 

This is an exciting time to be alive, and an even more exciting one to be an author. 

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY by Setsuko Tsuchiya - Excerpt #1 (This Excerpt is Family Rated)

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"It may seem obtuse, but dance is probably one of the oldest forms of somatic therapy…Young or old, male or female, everyone dances….[and]dance, specially couple dance, has some particularly interesting attributes:

"It maintains mental acuity and memory.

"It promotes awareness of internal rhythm.

"It encourages good posture and deep breathing.

"It includes human-to-human touch.

"It supports social connectivity.

"It provides a creative outlet.

"It creates a pathway for the expression of joy.

"…it [is]…in addition…language-free."

What is somatic therapy? Is it about somatic therapy (psychological "talk therapy" that surrounds somatic stimulation) or somatic therapy (the somatic stimulation itself)? Do the different forms of somatic experience, e.g. dance, massage, acupuncture, acupressure and biofeedback have anything in common other than afterwards talking about the experience? The author, a competitive DanceSport athlete and registered Hawaii massage therapist documents her journey in search of somatic therapy and the surprises that revealed themselves along the way.

IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (2017)
by Setsuko Tsuchiya
218 pp. - 6" x 9" Softcover Trade Book
ISBN/EAN 978-0-9972472-3-7

Suggested Retail Price (SRP) $22.95

Available directly from the Savant Books and Publications Publisher's Store at 10% off the Suggested Retail Price with FREE SHIPPING ANYWHERE WITHIN THE USA INCLUDING ALASKA AND HAWAII, Amazon.com, Savant Bookstore Honolulu and fine online/"brick and mortar" bookstores everywhere. On sale through Savant Bookstore Honolulu from 24 November to 24 December 2018 at an additional 15% off!

Setsuko Tsuchiya 
     Author of IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017)
     Press Release at https://www.prlog.org/12625245

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